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Legend and lore surround the history of kings Richard and John, from the ballads of Robin Hood and the novels of Sir Walter Scott to Hollywood movies. Frank McLynn has returned to the original sources to discover what Richard and John, the warring sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, were really like, and how their history measures up to the old legends. "With narrative panache and anecdotal detail" (The Independent), McLynn explores the truth behind the early folklore tradition, confirming that "Richard was everything you'd hoped for, and his brother John was the toad you'd always suspected." This is history at its best--a story well-told, thoroughly researched, unexpectedly revealing, and "a rattling good read" (Spectator).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306817380
ISBN-10: 0306817381
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 34mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Frank McLynn

Frank McLynn is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Napoleon, 1066, Villa and Zapata, and Wagons West. He lives in England.

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